Gilgit, May 23: A bomb blast at Bagrot Hostel Gilgit, Konodas, above the river Hanisara has killed at least one student, also injuring two more. According to unconfirmed reports miscreants had planted a bomb in one of the hostel’s many rooms which exploded and killed at least one student. There are also contradictory reports about death of two students. Sounds of gun shots have also been reported apart from the bomb explosion. The hostel is in a dilapidated condition, with only few of the many rooms functional for residential purpose.
Protesting against the death of innocent students and the efforts to terrorize citizens of Gilgit city and the entire Gilgit – Baltistan with bomb blasts and target killings, hundreds of people blocked roads, burnt tires and rallied through the city. Recent incidents, like murder of a school teacher, murder of the deputy speaker of NALA, murder of an employee of a private bank and, now, the bomb blast were angrily condemned by the protestors. The incidents of terrorism were termed as proof of the administration’s inability to govern a single city, let alone the entire region.
Gilgit city presented a deserted look as all markets remained closed due to the strike and protests. Protestors demanded nabbing of the culprits behind attack on the Bagrot Hostel, which has traditionally provided residential services to students of Shia families, belonging to far flung parts of Gilgit – Baltistan. Speakers at a rally in Danyore questioned the logic of deploying high contingents of Para – military forces in the region when they have constantly failed to protect the citizens from terrorists and criminals. It is pertinent to note here that the hostel building is located at about one hundred meters away from the head quarter of Northern Police.